Civic technologists in Philadelphia are working with public servants, journalists and recently-paroled residents, among others, to collaborate on a hackathon that aims to reduce recidivism rates in the city by fostering the creation of related tech projects. The event, dubbed PowerUp Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day, is set to begin Friday, Oct.
Some 60 percent of people released from prison and returning home to Philadelphia will be rearrested again within three years. That’s a revolving door that hurts everyone-from victims of crime to decimated families to communities bereft of working adults to those who are continuously arrested and sent to jail.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – – When you think of hackathons, weekend long binge fests for coders and engineers may come to mind – but not this time, the Reentry Project is hosting its first local hackathon. PowerUp Reentry aims to solve some of the challenges faced by returning citizens.
Power-Up Reentry: A Digital Solutions Day will bring together coders, journalists and returning citizens together. Dawn McDougall is looking forward to the upcoming reentry hackathon. Not only is It an important topic but an opportunity, she said, for Philadelphians to look into the issue broadly and develop potential solutions for people returning from prison.